9th Annual Symposium
June 11-12, 2020 | 11:00am – 5:30pm (EST)

Agenda 2019

The 2019 Symposium Agenda

Note: times and topics are subject to change. Please check back periodically for the latest updates.

Monday, June 10, 2019
8:30-4:00pm Symposium Check-In in the Lobby of the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center (ICC)
1:00-4:30pm

Innovation Ecosystem Tours: UMass Lowell Innovation Hub & Fabric Discovery Center, UMass Lowell DifferenceMaker Central, The IDEA Center at Middlesex Community College, Lowell Makes, EForAll

1:00-4:00pm Workshop A:

Developing I-Shaped Students

Location: Hamilton

Workshop B:

Collaborating Across Campuses to Build Regional Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Location: Lower Locks 2

Workshop C:

A Map Through Entrepreneurship: Aha to Exit

Location: Lower Locks 1

5:30-7:30pm Welcome Reception – Networking and Cocktails at Lowell’s Mill No. 5
– Transportation will be available from the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center
– Information will be available at the symposium check-in

Built in 1873, Mill No. 5 is a historical textile mill now the home to small companies and startups. The old mill features a movie theater, Victorian lounge, boutiques and more in a space focusing on bringing innovation together into a campus-like community.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

7:30-8:30am Symposium Check-In & Continental Breakfast – Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:30-8:40am Welcome, Grand Ballroom
8:40-9:30am

Morning Plenary Session, Grand Ballroom

The Six Degrees of Deshpande: The Network Grows & Connections Multiply

Speakers

Deborah Hoover, President & CEO, Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Desh Deshpande, Deshpande Foundation

Julie Messing, Executive Director Entrepreneurship Initiatives, LaunchNET, Kent State University

9:30-9:45am Break
9:45-11:00am
A1

Culture & Ecosystems

Leveraging Cross-Campus and Inter-Institutional Partnerships to Strengthen Entrepreneurial Learning in Higher Education

B1

Curriculum

Starting Up and Maintaining Student Involvement with Entrepreneurship Communities at Your Campus

C1

Research Commercialization

Collaboration Between the City of Akron, Summit County and the University of Akron Research Foundation to Build a Strong Ecosystem of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Drive Economic Development

D1

Emerging Trends

Principles of Environmentally Responsible Engineering: Creating a Road Map for Change

11:00-11:15am Break
11:15-12:30pm
A2

Culture & Ecosystems

It’s “Werth” It: Connecting the Silos of UConn’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

B2

Curriculum

30 Days to Engagement: Utilizing Experiential Activities and a Novel to Engage Students

C2

Research Commercialization

Let the Horses Run: Unhobbling University IP

D2

Emerging Trends

Building Entrepreneurial Leaders: UNC’s Adams Apprenticeship and Learning from the Entrepreneur’s Genome Project

12:30-1:45pm Networking Lunch, 50 Warren Restaurant, Dining Hall, Lower Locks
1:45-3:00pm
A3

Culture & Ecosystems

Can University Leaders Envision and Plan Their Entrepreneurship Ecosystems a Priori or Is the Best Approach to Allow Organic Growth with Opportunistic Development?

B3

Curriculum

Going Global and Partnering Local: Online Entrepreneurship and Innovation Education Bring the Community, University and World Together

C3

Research Commercialization

Hacking the Mentorship Model

D3

Emerging Trends

Scaling Innovation for the Forgotten One Billion

3:00-3:15pm Break
3:15-4:30pm
A4

Culture & Ecosystems

New Emerging Roles of Universities: Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

B4

Curriculum

Social Entrepreneurship in a Liberal Arts Culture

C4

Research Commercialization

The Virtual C-Suite: A Novel Model for Nurturing Start-Ups from Idea to Series A

D4

Emerging Trends

The Benefits of a Makerspace at Any Scale for Universities

4:30-5:30pm Break
5:30-6:30pm Poster Session with Networking Reception, Junior Ballroom
6:30-8:00pm 2019 Deshpande Symposium Awards Dinner & Celebration, Grand Ballroom

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
7:30-8:30am Symposium Check-In and Continental Breakfast – Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:30-9:30am

Keynote, Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson, CEO of Venture For America, will present on macro trends in entrepreneurship and the landscape for young entrepreneurs in the United States. Venture For America (VFA) is a highly selective fellowship program for recent college graduates to launch their careers as entrepreneurs. VFA focuses on cities that struggle to attract and retain top talent, and that need more entrepreneurial activity to build economic resilience. VFA is working to counter the cultural and structural headwinds that have stymied new business formation in recent years, while reorienting their Fellows around a culture of achievement that celebrates value creation and opportunity generation. Launched in 2012, VFA has helped more than 1,000 young entrepreneurs from 120+ universities launch their start-up careers. Symposium participants will have the opportunity to learn more about VFA’s training and apprenticeship methodology, as well as how to grow the pipeline of talent into the organization.

More About Amy Nelson »

9:30-9:45am Break
9:45-11:00am
A5

Culture & Ecosystems

Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Beyond the Classroom

B5

Curriculum

What Is Unique About Your Entrepreneurship Curriculum? Perspectives from Purdue University and West Virginia University

C5

Research Commercialization

How to Run a Small Entrepreneurial Technology Transfer Office While Aiming for a Positive Cash Flow

D5

Emerging Trends

Teaching and Working with Global Entrepreneurship and Ecosystem Challenges

11:00-11:15am Break
11:15-12:30am
A6

Culture & Ecosystems

Awakening the Innovators: Expanding Entrepreneurial Opportunities Across Campus and in the Community

B6

Curriculum

Plugging In: Building Entrepreneurial Capacity in Community Colleges and Integrating Students into the Local Ecosystem

C6

Research Commercialization

A National University-Linked Innovation Network: Progress and Future

D6

Emerging Trends

Building International Bridges to Advance Entrepreneurial Collaboration

12:00-1:30pm Boxed Lunch, Grand Ballroom Foyer

12:45-2:00pm
A7

Culture & Ecosystems

Connecting Key Collaborators Across Multiple Departments at ASU to Create Economic Impact

B7

Curriculum

Integrating Entrepreneurial Disciplines to Produce Innovative Curriculum

C7

Research Commercialization

Intellectual Potpourri: Various Ways IP and Higher Ed Intersect

D7

Emerging Trends

Environmental Factors Influencing the Entrepreneurial University — A Global Perspective: North America, the Middle East and Asia

2:15-2:30pm Closing Remarks, Grand Ballroom